The zero waste trend has largely been driven by individuals in recent years. Now the time has come for food retailers and governments to work harder at reducing the amount of packaging on food - to make zero waste shopping easier for consumers.
There are three main fronts to reduce food packaging:
Limit packaging as much as possible
Consume and buy in bulk
Prioritize reusable containers
According to Équiterre’s latest study on food packaging, a significant amount of the population has already started transitioning toward zero waste, and is quite willing to do more to reduce the amount of food packaging generated by their grocery purchases. The supply just needs to follow the demand. Food retailers and the food industry must seize this opportunity.
Food retailers can take action on the three main fronts listed above to accelerate the zero waste trend. Imagine how fast we could move forward if a large grocery chain began offering a serious supply of zero waste products in its stores!
Between fiction and reality – Launch of our report on zero waste
The results of Équiterre’s new report on zero waste among food retailers will be unveiled at an event that combines culture and science. Using excerpts from the web-series Vidanges, our panelists will exchange ideas on how to facilitate the transition of Canada’s food sector toward a better supply of zero waste products.
The discussion will look at such issues as overpackaging and food waste, as well as Équiterre’s recommendations for our governments and for the industry.
Launch of our reportJoin us
Équiterre’s new report identifies actions to be taken by the industry and the government to shape the future of zero waste food in Canada. While we await implementation, we encourage you to use your purchasing power to demonstrate that reducing food packaging is important to you.